JNS Associate Principal Heather Vasquez Johnson recently presented on the restoration of Hose Company No. 1 at the 2020 Saving Places Conference, hosted by Colorado Preservation Inc. This annual four-day event features educational content for individuals, organizations and communities working with historic and cultural places.
Colorado Preservation Inc.’s vision is to promote historic preservation statewide by providing advocacy, education, outreach and preservation services to communities and individuals. This opportunity allowed us to showcase our approach to adaptive reuse and historic preservation with one of the most notable projects of this kind in the past year.
Hosted at the Sheraton Denver Hotel – one of the renovation projects JNS is currently working on – Heather’s session focused on the seven-year journey to save the Hose Company No. 1, part of the JNS-designed Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station hotel that opened last year. The oldest remaining structure in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood, Hose Company No. 1 served as both a firehouse and social hub for the Denver’s “Bottoms” neighborhood.
After sitting vacant and derelict for years and suffering from extensive fire and water damage, the historic building was threatened with demolition. Through extensive planning and dedication, we are proud that our team and dedicated partners were able to preserve the landmark, transforming it for a new era while honoring its deep-rooted history as Denver’s first firehouse. Today, the space is home to Woodie Fisher, a vibrant restaurant anchor to the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station hotel.
To learn more about the journey to build the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station and renovate Denver’s first firehouse, click here.